The office continues to come together. I got the IKEA Alex drawers, which I’m late too and if you’ve watched some number of office setup (or makeup setup) videos, you might be rolling your eyes at these. Everyone seemed to have them.
Anyway, I added these drawers and added the bookshelf a couple weeks ago and the sofa a week before that. And each time the feeling grows stronger: I just have too much stuff.
I don’t need to tidy up, I need to declutter.
“GET RID OF YOUR STUFF” is my favorite chapter name in all of Ryan Holiday’s books. (Mostly because it’s the only one I could name from memory.)
From “Stillness is the Key”:
There is also what we can term “comfort creep.” We get so used to a certain level of convenience and luxury that it becomes almost inconceivable that we used to live without it. As wealth grows, so does our sense of “normal.” But just a few years ago we were fine without this bounty. We had no problem eating ramen or squeezing into a small apartment. But now that we have more, our mind begins to lie to us.
If I learned anything living in New York, it was to be okay living in a smaller place. I thought I’d carry that lesson with me for the rest of my life. But 2 years since moving, I can see the sum of all that comfort creep.
I love having the office. All the miscellaneous stuff jammed in it, though?… I’ll stuff some of it in a bag tomorrow and get it out of the house.